Slow Cinema Panel Discussion, 2012. Photo: Rebecca Morrill. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

A panel of filmmakers and critics discussed their work and current trends within contemporary cinema, including: Lav Diaz, Ben Rivers, Jonathan Romney, George Clark and Matthew Flanagan. Chaired by Festival Director Rebecca Shatwell.

Jonathan Romney is the film critic of the Independent on Sunday, and also writes for Sight & Sound, Modern Painters, Film Comment and others. His books on film include: Atom Egoyan (BFI), Short Orders: Film Writing (Serpents Tail) and Celluloid Jukebox (ed. with Adrian Wootton, BFI).

George Clark is a writer, curator and artist based in London and Los Angeles. He was one of the curators of the 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (2012). Other curatorial projects include Infermental for Focal Point Gallery (2010) with Dan Kidner and James Richards, and No Wave: New York 1976-1982 (Glasgow Film Festival, Worm, Rotterdam & Cinéma Nova, Brussels, 2011). While at the Independent Cinema Office between 2006 and 2008, his projects included Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema (Tate Modern and touring, 2008) and a curatorial course that he presented across the UK and internationally. His writings have been published in Afterall, Art Monthly, Mousse, Senses of Cinema and Sight & Sound. He recently collaborated with Luke Fowler on The Poor Stockinger and previously co-wrote the script for The Future’s Getting Old Like The Rest of Us (2010) with Beatrice Gibson.

Matthew Flanagan is a film critic based in the UK, completing a PhD on slow cinema. His writings include the blog Landscape Suicide and the online journal Lumen, which recently included essays on filmmakers including Lav Diaz, Raya Martin and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Lav Diaz was born in Datu Paglas, Philippines. Since 1998 he has directed twelve films, and won several international awards. His 2002 film Batang West Side won Best Picture at the Singapore International Film Festival, plus awards at the Independent Film Festival of Brussels, Gawad Urian, and Cinemanila International Film Festival. He also received a Gawad Urian for his 2005 film Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino (Evolution of a Filipino Family) and Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival in 2006 for Heremias, Book One. His film Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (Death in the Land of Encantos), was the closing film of the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival 2007, and was awarded a Golden Lion Special Mention. His 2008 film Melancholia won the Orizzonti Grand Prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival in 2008, and his most recent film Florentina Hubaldo, CTE has received Best Film at Images Festival, Toronto and Jeonju International Film Festival in 2012. In 2010 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2011 joined the Board of Directors for Cine Foundation International.

Ben Rivers lives and works in London, he studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, initially in sculpture before moving into photography and super8 film. He is the recipient of numerous prizes including: FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, 68th Venice Film Festival for his first feature film Two Years At Sea; Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel 42, 2011; Jarman Award shortlist 2010/2012; and Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, 2010. Recent exhibitions include: Slow Action, Hepworth Wakefield (2012); Sack Barrow, Hayward Gallery, London (2011); Slow Action, Matt’s Gallery, London and Gallery TPW, Toronto (2011); Kate MacGarry, London (2010); and A World Rattled of Habit, A Foundation, Liverpool (2009). His work has been profiled at film festivals including: Courtisane Festival; Pesaro International Film Festival; London Film Festival; Tirana Film Festival; Punto de Vista, Pamplona; Indielisboa and Milan Film Festival. In 1996 he co-founded Brighton Cinematheque, which he co-programmed through to its demise in 2006.

Curated by AV Festival 12.